Car accidents can leave even the most experienced Maryland drivers shaken, regardless of severity. Immediately after the accident, drivers might be in shock and unable to process everything that’s happened.
That’s why it’s not uncommon for drivers to realize hours or even days after the accident that they’re suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI happens when you sustain a blow to the head or a jolt to the neck that damages the brain and can be life-changing.
What are the signs of TBI?
The signs of TBI are subtle and can often go undetected. One of the most common symptoms is a headache, something that’s easily dismissed.
If you experience a headache in relation to other TBI symptoms though, that’s a good indicator that you were hurt in the accident. Other symptoms of TBI can include:
- Mood swings
- Increase in depression or anxiety
- Problems focusing
- Problems with speech
- Poor judgment
- Memory loss
- Trouble sleeping
More severe cases of TBI can lead to a permanent or temporary loss in overall cognitive function, making it hard to go to work. It can also put you at risk for brain bleeds or early onset dementia.
In addition, you might have physical symptoms of TBI such as swelling or tenderness on an area of your head. Odds are if you remember hitting your head during the accident – or you’re bleeding from anywhere on your head – you probably have TBI.
Treatment for TBI
Getting treatment for TBI can be difficult, as the only thing doctors can do is prescribe bed rest. There may be a medication that can help alleviate symptoms, but there’s no treatment.
It’s important to document all of your hospital visits and areas of your life that have been impacted by this injury. Doing so can not only help with your overall medical treatment but help in any litigation you may pursue.